We have all heard from Donald Trump’s supporters indicating that it is Mr. Trump’s business acumen which will move this country forward for the better. He knows how to negotiate and to get things done.
Remember that hot car that you purchased many moons ago, which was going to be so much fun but turned out to be a lemon? How about that gorgeous girl/ or guy who you couldn’t live without who became a nightmare like in the movie “Fatal Attraction? “Placing your hopes on Donald Trump is worse. He may look nice and shiny but that is only on the surface. The real Donald Trump is a con?
To visualize how Donald Trump would transfer his business skills to the White House, review the below report regarding his business practices. The excerpts below are from the 6/2/2016 USA Today article, “Exclusive: Trump’s 3,500 lawsuits unprecedented for a presidential nominee,” by Nick Penzenstadler and Susan Page:
“An exclusive USA TODAY analysis of legal filings across the United States finds that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and his businesses have been involved in at least 3,500 legal actions in federal and state courts during the past three decades. They range from skirmishes with casino patrons to million-dollar real estate suits to personal defamation lawsuits, divided between lawsuits filed by him and his companies and those filed against them.”
“The sheer volume of lawsuits is unprecedented for a presidential nominee. No candidate of a major party has had anything approaching the number of Trump’s courtroom entanglements.”
“The USA TODAY analysis included an examination of legal actions for and against Trump and the more than 500 businesses he lists on the personal financial disclosure he filed with the Federal Election Commission. USA TODAY also reviewed five depositions in which Trump sat for 22 hours of sworn testimony. This report is based on those legal filings as well as interviews with dozens of his legal adversaries.”
“A handful of the ongoing cases involve local or state government entities, with the possibility of personal legal disputes between the president of the United States and other branches of government if Trump is elected. For instance, the Trump team has filed a lawsuit seeking a state ethics investigation of the New York attorney general. The suit was filed in response to an ongoing fraud investigation into Trump University by the attorney general.”
“And despite his boasts on the campaign trail that he “never” settles lawsuits, for fear of encouraging more, he and his businesses have settled with plaintiffs in at least 100 cases reviewed by USA TODAY. Most involve people who say they were physically injured at Trump properties, with settlements that range as high as hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
“Alan Garten, general counsel for the Trump Organization, said in an interview that the number and tenor of the court cases is the “cost of doing business” and on par with other companies of a similar size.”
“However, even by those measures, the number of cases in which Trump is involved is extraordinary. For comparison, USA TODAY analyzed the legal involvement for five top real-estate business executives: Edward DeBartolo, shopping-center developer and former San Francisco 49ers owner; Donald Bren, Irvine Company chairman and owner; Stephen Ross, Time Warner Center developer; Sam Zell, Chicago real-estate magnate; and Larry Silverstein, a New York developer famous for his involvement in the World Trade Center properties.”
“To maintain an apples-to-apples comparison, only actions that used the developers’ names were included. The analysis found Trump has been involved in more legal skirmishes than all five of the others — combined.”
TRUMP LAWSUITS BY THE NUMBERS
USA TODAY journalists identified about 3,500 state and federal court cases involving Donald Trump and the more than 500 companies on his federal financial disclosure report and previous holdings. They break down like this. The figures are rounded because the USA TODAY search and review of cases is ongoing.
PLAINTIFF VS. DEFENDANT